Women outnumber men on the board of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences for the first time, it emerged on Monday (June 21).
As a result of this election for the 2021-22 cycle, the number of women Academy governors has increased from 26 to 31, compared to 23 male governors. The number of governors from underrepresented racial/ethnic communities has risen from 12 to 15.
Board of governor elections resulted in the following first-time board members: Rita Wilson, actors branch; Kim Taylor-Coleman, casting directors branch; Paul Cameron, cinematographers branch; Eduardo Castro, costume designers branch; Jean Tsien, documentary branch; Pam Abdy, executives branch; Terilyn A. Shropshire, film editors branch; Laura C. Kim, marketing and public relations branch; Lesley Barber, music branch; Gary C. Bourgeois, sound branch; Brooke Breton, visual effects branch; and Howard A. Rodman, writers branch.
Incumbent governors reelected to the board are: Susanne Bier, directors branch; Jennifer Todd, producers branch; Tom Duffield, production design branch; and Bonnie Arnold, short films and feature animation branch.
Bill Corso, from the makeup artists and hairstylists branch is returning to the board after a hiatus:
The above join returning governors Kate Amend, Craig Barron, Howard Berger, Charles Bernstein, Jon Bloom, Rob Bredow, Ruth E. Carter, Kevin Collier, Laura Dern, Teri E. Dorman, Dody J. Dorn, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Donna Gigliotti, Whoopi Goldberg, Lynette Howell Taylor, Mark Johnson, Larry Karaszewski, Laura Karpman, Christina Kounelias, Ellen Kuras, David Linde, Isis Mussenden, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jan Pascale, Stephen Rivkin, Eric Roth, David Rubin, Steven Spielberg, Wynn P. Thomas, Nancy Utley, Mandy Walker, Roger Ross Williams, Janet Yang and Debra Zane.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to two three-year terms (consecutive or non-consecutive), followed by a two-year hiatus, after which their eligibility renews for up to two additional three-year terms. Nobody can serve longer than 12 years.